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Imagine purchasing an RDP house with your hard-earned money, then once payment towards the property has been made, things don’t go as expected. You can’t occupy your new property, and have to incur additional legal expenses to fight for the property you’ve purchased. Scorpion explains what you need to know about buying an RDP house, as well as what needs to be considered before signing that sales agreement.
The law prohibits the sale of an RDP house before the lapse of an 8-year occupancy without the permission of the Department of Housing. Once the 8-year period expires, and you wish to sell your house, you must have the necessary title deed registered on your name. If you sell your RDP house within 8 years, you could lose your RDP house and/or even face criminal prosecution. Remember that these houses are given to people who qualify for them, and cannot be sold.
Points to remember before signing the sales agreement
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* This is only basic legal advice and cannot be relied on solely. The information is correct at the time of being sent to publishing.
Date added: 3 April 2023
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